I’d always resisted blogging.
I write when I’ve got something to say, so forcing myself to consistently write a weekly post didn’t seem to fit my personality or writing preference.
That same reason for refusing to do it before, was exactly the reason I knew I needed to start this blog about my recovery from Binge Eating Disorder.
I knew that when my therapy ended, I’d be tempted to drift and not dedicate the same time and effort to reflect, as I had been doing throughout my treatment. I needed something to keep myself accountable and make sure that I continued to carve out the time in my week to reflect, and note how I was feeling, what was going on for me, and what I could learn and takeaway from it – an essential part of my recovery.
My first post was on January 20, and today, the last post before celebrating six months binge and restriction free, I thought it’d be a great idea to reflect on past takeaways (not the food kind!). So here they are:
- There’s more to food than calories, there are moments that create life and I am committed to living those moments and creating a life that brings me joy and makes me smile.
- Looking after myself may feel strange, but the more I practice doing it, even when it’s uncomfortable, the more it will become normal.
- Self-care can be used to soothe during moments when I feel like I’m drowning, but can also enhance the joy in my heart when things are going well. I must remember that.
- There is so much more to this road than weight loss. That doesn’t mean I have to ignore the desire to lose weight, but I must ensure that I am celebrating my achievements in other areas of recovery too.
- I exist even when others don’t see me. My experience is valid and my voice is important, for me and for those who can’t speak up.
- Surrounding myself with people who love and accept me and my body just as we are, will do wonders for my body image and self esteem
- This is me. This is my life. This is my opportunity to boldly express the wonder that I Am – without apology! And allow others to do the same.
- My mental health is my priority. Only then will I be able to continue helping others.
- Feeling overwhelming emotions doesn’t mean that I’m not recovered from BED, it’s a sign that I’ve developed the strength to feel my emotions, rather than turn to BED as a way to cope or numb them.
- When I don’t have the strength to encourage myself, it’s ok to seek it elsewhere.
Love and hugs!!